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Oregon’s Karyna Douglass loses over 100 pounds to become a Soldier

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Civilians will never know the bond shared by warriors. And it was exactly that camaraderie that was the inspiration for Karyna Douglass to lose 110 pounds and realize her goal of becoming a Soldier.

At age 22, Karyna Douglass weighed 300 pounds.

It was unhealthy for her but it was even more deadly for her career-path and plan to join the military. Her first call to a recruiting office lasted less than five minutes, after she realized that she weighed in at almost twice the maximum for new recruits.

Douglass is not alone in her battle-of-the-bulge. In fact, the overweight issue is so prevalent in America that the Army has a program to help potential enlistees get “fit to fight.”

It was that program that finally got Douglass off the couch and into a uniform. In one year’s time, her daily workouts with local recruiters, coupled with healthier food choices, turned her into a real-life Army Soldier on Dec. 12.

When interviewed by Portland’s Fox News 12 Douglass said:

“I fell in love with their world. I fell in love with the bonds that I created with these people. I fell in love for what they stand for.”

So in love with the whole ‘Army uniform thing’ Douglass admits to being “star struck” when she met her Army recruiter, in uniform, in person.

Click here for the full interview on KPTV.

Examiner’s Note: Medal of Honor recipient and former U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye once said, “One doesn't become a Soldier in a week - it takes training, study and discipline"...No one knows that better than new recruit Karyna Douglass. It's highly likely that someone very soon will be also be "star stuck" when they see her in uniform.

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